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James Wilson biographical sketch

 Collection — Folder: S1850
Identifier: S1850

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a one-page typewritten transcription made from page 174 of the book, Biography of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence, Vol 6 that was published in 1824. Transcribed on November 5, 1949 by H.P. (Homer Philip) Rogers of Pendleton, Oregon, the biographical sketch provides information about James Wilson's first wife, Rachel Bird, his second wife, Hannah Gray, and his seven children.


  • 1824, 1949


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

James Wilson (1742-1798) was born in Scotland and immigrated to America in 1765. He became a lawyer and political theorist and was one of 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. He also took part in the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and helped draft the U.S. Constitution. In 1789, he was appointed an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Unwise land speculation in the winter of 1796-1797 brought him financial ruin before he died at the age of 55 in 1798.


The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. "James Wilson." Encyclopedia Britannica. Accessed April 14, 2021.


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2021/04/14 by Laura Eliason.
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